The gory career of the medieval killer Frantz Schmidt who tried to do his job properly fascinates Ben Wilson. His review on The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honour and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century by Joel F. Harrington at The Telegraph.
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Review | Biography | ‚Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson‘ by Blake Bailey, rev. by Donna Rifkind
The novel The Lost Weekend explores a five-day alcoholic binge and was adapted into a film directed by Billy Wilder. Blake Bailey has now published the biography of author Charles Reginald Jackson: Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson. Read the review of Donna Rifkind on the book at The New York Times.
Emily Eakin reviews a new biography about Jacques Derrida. Derrida: A Biography by Benoît Peeters, tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world. Read more at The New York Review of Books.